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Digital transformation to support last mile distribution: overcoming barriers together

Authors: Energy Catalyst & Global Distributors Collective

Last mile distributors play a crucial role in providing access to energy and other life-changing services to unserved customers. Digitalisation is key to enabling these companies to operate efficiently on a larger scale. Energy Catalyst and Global Distributors Collective have joined forces to explore how digital solution providers (DSPs) and Last Mile Distributors (LMDs) can better understand and respond to each other’s requirements. ‘Digital transformation to support last mile distribution: overcoming barriers together’ connects the two worlds of DSPs and LMDs to accelerate the digitalisation of the sector. The report focuses on building bridges in five particular areas: industry visibility, digital readiness, financing IT, software interoperability, and replicability across countries. Read the report here.

Energizing Finance: Interview with Damilola Ogunbiyi

Author: Damilola Ogunbiyi 

As part of the Energy Catalyst programme that supports innovators working in Africa and Asia to achieve universal energy access, Power for All spoke with Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO of SEforALL and the United Nations Secretary General Special Representative for SDG7, about financing for energy access, challenges the market is facing and innovations that offer hope for the future. Listen to the podcast here.

Why catalyzing innovation is needed to power Africa

Author: Nicola Lazenby

According to the newest data, sub-Saharan Africa will be where the UN goal of universal energy access by 2030 (SDG7) either fails or succeeds. To understand why innovation is a key part of the solution, ESI Africa spoke with Nicola Lazenby, who leads the Energy Catalyst Programme at Innovate UK, which aims to accelerate energy access innovation. Read the article here

Lessons from the Frontline: Navigating the Nigeria market

Author: Alistair Gordon

Nigeria’s off-grid solar pay as you go (PAYGo) market has experienced rapid growth over recent years. Alistair Gordon, Lumos Global CEO discusses the company’s business model, pay-as-you-go partnership with MTN Nigeria, and the plans ahead to deliver off-grid power to one million Nigerian homes. Watch the webinar here

Lessons from the Frontline: Last Mile Distribution and Understanding the Rural Consumer

Author: Emma Colenbrander

As part of the Energy Access Innovator peer-to-peer learning series brought to you by Innovate UK programme Energy Catalyst , Emma Colenbrander, head of the Global Distributors Collective (GDC), made up of over 200 last-mile distributors, talks about the last-mile distribution market, distribution innovation, and the evolving needs of last-mile consumers. Watch the webinar here

Global-local model and the circular economy

Author: Carlton Cummins

Aceleron’s co-founder Carlton Cummins talks about company’s global-local model and the circular economy in an interview with William Brent from Power For All for ESI Africa during the 2020 Digital Energy Festival. Watch the fireside chat here

The Future of Decentralized Energy in India: Staying Relevant in a “Post-Access” Market

Authors: Piyush Mathur & Vijay Bhaskar

This new online conversation featured two incredible industry leaders: Simpa Networks’ former CEO Piyush Mathur and Hamara Grid’s Managing Director Vijay Bhaskar (both board members of CLEAN) who took questions and discussed the future of private decentralized renewable energy companies in India. Watch the discussion here

Finding a foothold in the Nigerian solar market

Author: Alistair Gordon

Nigeria’s off-grid solar pay as you go (PAYGo) market has experienced rapid growth over recent years. Alistair Gordon, Lumos Global CEO shares insights about the company’s business model, pay-as-you-go partnership with MTN Nigeria, and the plans ahead to deliver off-grid power to one million Nigerian homes. Read the article here

Scaling up local clean energy access in Africa and India

Author: Theresa Smith

UK-based Charm Impact, the only crowdsourcing platform to focus exclusively on the earliest stage of the energy access market in emerging economies, today announced a successful equity raise of nearly £300,000, nearly tripling its original target. Charm Impact loans are dedicated to supporting local enterprises and an investment lens for gender diversity. Read the article here

This initiative looks to help young entrepreneurs power Africa with green energy projects

Author: Gavriel Landau

There are numerous challenges on the continent when it comes to the energy sector. Experts have stated that by choosing to invest in clean energy solutions, the continent can tap into the existing resources. UK-based Charm Impact, the only crowdsourcing platform to focus exclusively on the earliest stage of the energy access market in emerging economies, announced a successful equity raise of nearly £300,000, nearly tripling its original target. Watch the broadcast here

AFRICA: Charm Impact obtains funds to finance access to green energy

Author: Jean Marie Takouleu

The Charm Impact investment platform has just raised £273,520 (nearly $356,000) to finance projects led by small providers of clean energy access solutions. The platform is active in Africa and Asia. Read the article here

Charm Impact obtains funds to finance access to green energy in Africa, Asia

Author: Jean Marie Takouleu

UK-based Charm Impact, recently announced a successful equity raise of nearly £300,000, nearly tripling its original target. Charm Impact loans are dedicated to supporting local enterprises and an investment lens for gender diversity. Read the article here

Scaling up current innovations to meet the energy demand

Author: Nicola Lazenby

Over the past decade, tens of millions of people across Africa and Asia have gained access to electricity and cleaner cooking for the first time, in large part due to technology and business model innovation. But more of these new types of innovation are still required if energy poverty can be eradicated by 2030. A recent fireside chat by ESI Africa with Dr Nicola Lazenby, Project Director at the Energy Catalyst programme at Innovate UK sheds light on achieving this goal. Watch the fireside chat here

Is an Amazon for Africa’s “energy poor” in the making?

Author: Emma Colenbrander

A majority of consumers in Africa still live off the grid, in what are commonly called “last-mile” communities. Reaching these more than 600 million consumers — who live without access to energy and many other essential products and services — is a massive business opportunity, thanks to digital and other innovations. Emma Colenbrander, Head of The Global Distributors Collective (GDC) shares exciting areas of innovation and new market opportunities for last-mile distributors to deliver energy access. Read the article here